A filling is intended to repair modest sized tooth decay for a long period of time. However, no filling is impervious to the passage of time and the tenacious efforts of the natural bacteria living in your mouth. As a general rule of thumb, the older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to develop a problem.
There are a few common signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad. Identifying a bad filling early can increase your treatment options and improve their chance of success.
A bad filling on the biting surface of the tooth might give you a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. You might also notice a change in the tooth’s texture. If pervasive bacteria have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel.
Your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, might be able to replace the filling with a slightly larger one. If too much enamel has been compromised, she might recommend replacing the enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.
If you would like to know more about dental fillings in Bellaire, Texas, please call us at 713-520-8400 today.